greener playgrounds

Play is nature

Play is nature. We do our best to preserve it. Starting now, we can make colourful playgrounds with 95% recycled materials*.

*95% post-consumer recycled waste used in HDPE panels, the Hercules Rope yarn, and the TexMade™ posts.

Replacement of raw materials

We continously work to reduce our usage of raw materials by replacing them and instead using recycled materials that emit fewer carbon emission. We work with a two-way approach: Made Green and Born Green.

Born Green

Born Green means products are made from natural hardwoods like Robinia. Robinia is highly durable and does not require any chemical wood preservatives. KOMPAN Robinia products are also available with a FSC® certification (C004450).

Made Green

Made Green products are made of up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials: ocean waste, used textiles, used plastic bags etc. Made Green products have approx. 50% reductions in carbon emissions compared to traditional products made from virgin sources.

BLOQX Climbing

Using BLOQX™ panels made from 75% post-consumer Ocean-recycled waste instead of virgin plastic reduces carbon emissions by 68% CO2e/ kg on the panels. BLOQX Climbing panels are made from 75% post-consumer recycled waste, e.g. household waste, and the Teal colour version is made from 33% ocean waste – Made Green.

Robinia Products

Using nature’s materials, such as Robinia and pine wood from responsible forestry, where wood is bred for harvesting, and both planting and harvesting are carefully controlled, resulting in highly durable playgrounds. Robinia does not need any chemical wood preservatives. Robinia products are also available with FSC® certification (C004450). - Born Green

Rotomoulded Components

Colored rotationally molded components used for Supernova, Spinner Bowl, Tipi Carousel etc. made from 33% recycled waste, e.g. household waste. The blue-green version is made from recycled waste from the ocean - Made Green.

Extruded Aluminium

Extruded aluminium profiles are made using low-carbon aluminium – Made Green. Using low-carbon aluminium profiles produced with renewable energy sources instead of using aluminium profiles made with traditional energy sources reduces carbon emissions by 56% CO2e/kg. If you want to learn more about our materials, follow the link below.

TexMade™ Posts

Using TexMade™ posts made from >95% post-consumer recycled textile and plastic waste instead of steel posts reduces carbon emissions by 74% CO2e/kg when comparing 1m steel post (2mm pipe thickness) to 1m TexMade™ post.

Our highly durable, innovative TexMade™ posts are made from >95% post-consumer recycled textile and plastic waste – Made Green.

Hercules Rope

Hercules Ropes in high-quality polyester fibres offer high strength with balanced elongation properties, are very resistant to abrasion, and are incredibly durable in all weather conditions. Each strand is tightly wrapped with PES yarn in >95% post-consumer recycled material, which is melted onto each strand. Using Hercules Rope Yarn made from >95% post-consumer recycled waste reduces carbon emissions by 30% on average. Available in 8 colours.

Deck

Decks in playground structures are made from 75% post-consumer recycled waste - Made Green.

EcoCore™ HDPE Panels

Now in all Colours

From 2024, all panels in EcoCore™ HDPE boast various hues derived from carefully selected, recycled materials. Each shade tells a story of environmental stewardship, proving that recycled waste can be seamlessly woven into every design without sacrificing aesthetics. The panel in the colour teal is made from post-consumer ocean recycled waste collected from the maritime industry, such as fishing nets, ropes and trawl nets. All other colours are made from post-consumer household waste. Using EcoCore™ HDPE panels made from >95% post-consumer recycled waste instead of panels made from virgin plastic reduces carbon emissions by 82% CO2e/kg.

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Designing Greener Playgrounds

Welcome to a discussion on the evolving landscape of playgrounds – an essential aspect of childhood that now takes a turn towards responsible materials and practices.

In this magazine we'll delve deeper into the specifics of these materials, exploring the benefits they bring to playground design and their positive influence on the overall environmental footprint of these spaces.

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Explore, Learn, Design: Greener Playgrounds

Read and learn more about our approach on working with recycled materials in playground components

The footprint of a playground

Playgrounds, integral to childhood development, often leave a substantial environmental footprint from raw material extraction to disposal. KOMPAN's Go Green Director, Dorthe Thorup-Kjærulff, sheds light on KOMPAN's commitment to transparency.

From waste to play value

KOMPAN acknowledges that around 80% of its carbon emissions result from the raw materials used. The company is actively seeking ways to diminish its environmental footprint. Learn more about the company's key initiatives.

The new look of a reduced carbon footprint

Architect Alexander Sundberg assures that TexMade™ posts and plastic alternatives, developed from textile waste and post-consumer sources, rival steel and plastic in durability. Playground solutions can be as colourful as your heart desires – but with a dramatically reduced carbon footprint.

Greener playgrounds: Where durability meets safety

KOMPAN's TexMade™ playground posts, crafted entirely from textile waste, prove their durability in extreme tests. Jacob Harder, KOMPAN's engineer, emphasizes the necessity of finding alternatives to traditional materials like steel and plastic.

Playgrounds with documented green benefits

Navigating corporate claims on climate impact is increasingly aided by third-party verified data. Tomas Riegels-Jørgensen of Bureau Veritas emphasizes the rising demand for understanding ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) activities.

Play is Nature - Designing Greener Playgrounds

Let's PlayGreen

A greener solution for any sector

Find inspiration for your next project and learn more about your options when looking to make greener choices.

Architects

Unleash your creativity while crafting playgrounds that fit the environment. Elevate your designs with colourful options while committing to a greener, more vibrant future!

Park & Rec

Make playgrounds part of your green strategy and discover how integrating green spaces into your projects enriches the play experience and contributes to a healthier planet.

Q&A on products

What do MADE GREEN and BORN GREEN mean?

Made Green means that products are made of up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials such as ocean waste, used textiles, food packaging waste, used plastic bags, etc. Our Made Green products have approximately 50% reductions in carbon emissions compared to similar traditional products made from virgin sources (Depending on the product).

Born Green means products are made from natural hardwoods like Robinia. Robinia is highly durable and does not require any chemical wood preservatives. KOMPAN Robinia products are also available with a FSC® certification (C004450).

Is it possible to build a total playground with MADE GREEN products?

Yes, we have launched a vast green assortment in our MADE GREEN universe. There are products for different age groups and activities. Our BORN GREEN assortment is also very huge across age groups and activities.

Are the products still vandalism-resistant?

Yes, we have very high standards regarding our quality; we have the same high standards when it comes to our new green assortment.

Do you have a CO2e calculator on the KOMPAN website?

Yes, you can find all CO2e footprint for all our standard products. They can be found in our product sheets on our website.

Why does KOMPAN still sell other products (not so sustainable)?

We make it possible to choose, but we also work on making all our products more sustainable. We have a vast assortment, and it will take time - however, we will get there.

Why are MADE GREEN products more expensive than standard products?

MADE GREEN products all use post-consumer waste. Post-consumer waste is more time-consuming to retrieve. You have to collect, clean, and sort the waste before it can be used again. So, it is a bit more expensive – however, it saves a lot of CO2e.

Are the recycling products recyclable again after their life cycle is over?

Yes, all our recycled post-consumer products can be used again. They can be disassembled, collected, sorted and reused again.

How many of KOMPAN’s products are, in general, recyclable?

Almost all our products can be recycled again. Our products can be disassembled so that the raw material can be sorted into, e.g., plastic, steel, aluminium, then collected and reused. Some raw materials cannot be recycled again. All wood types are not considered recyclable. HPL, WPC, and Rope are not recyclable.

Can existing play structures that are already installed be upgraded with the new recycled parts (replacements, e.g., posts and panels)?

Yes, you can replace, e.g., a deck in our MOMENTS play system from HPL to the new moulded deck quality using post-consumer Ocean waste. HDPE panels can also be replaced with the new Ocean post-consumer quality.

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